Pair Of Wood Ducks

I saw this pair of Wood Ducks at a local park. Usually Wood Ducks are swimming around the lake or on the shore. So it was different to see them balancing on these branches that were in the water. They are definitely colorful ducks!

Mother Wood Duck With Ducklings SwimBy

This Wood Duck family, at this local Nature Preserve swam by, in their typical line formation. There were 10 Ducklings, hopefully the Snapping Turtles will not get to many of them. So far this year seems to be a slow year for the Wood Ducks. Usually at this time of year there are many more Wood Duck families swimming around the Lake. 

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Wood Duck Exiting Duck Box

Over the weeks I have seen many Wood Ducks check out this Wood Duck Box. It seems each pair checks it out and moves on. Today this pair checked it out. The female flew in and again flew out. Then they both swam away. I got a series of exiting, but liked the featured one above the best.

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Female Wood Duck Eyeing Duck Box

This pair of Wood ducks were checking out this Wood Duck Box at the local Nature Preserve. We noticed the female was really trying to go in, but having great difficulty getting in the box. She tried multiple times before swimming off. We noticed after watching that she was missing one foot which probably made it difficult to get in the box. She tried flying in and almost made it then fell away from the opening. We were thinking a Snapping Turtle probably got her foot as they were swimming around. The pair swam off and we are not sure if she tried again at a later time.

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Wood Ducks With Autumn Color

A series of images of Wood Ducks with a colorful Fall background.

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More Wood Ducks in a Row – 2 Shot Panorama

It was a slow day at the Celery Farm Natural Area with little light and little activity going on except for a few Canada Geese. While waiting for something to happen, this group of Wood Ducks swam by in front of us. It was too long a group for one shot, so I quickly shot 2 photos to capture the whole group. This group was larger than the group last week with 22 Wood Ducks. I don’t think this was all from one family. I blended the two shots in Photoshop with an opaque feathered mask and lined up the groups. There was a smaller group also, which seemed to come upon another snapping turtle, scooting off quickly and getting away.

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Small Group of Wood Ducks. Canon EOS MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/160 sec., +1 exposure compensation, Fill Flash w/ Canon 600ex-rt with a +2 stop exp. comp because of distance, with Better Beamer Flash Extender, ISO 640.

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Small Group of Wood Ducks coming upon snapping turtle. Canon EOS MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/400 sec., +0.67 exposure compensation, Fill Flash w/ Canon 600ex-rt with a +2 stop exp. comp because of distance, with Better Beamer Flash Extender, ISO 640.

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Wood Duck swimming away from a snapping turtle. Canon EOS MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/400 sec., +0.67 exposure compensation, Fill Flash w/ Canon 600ex-rt with a +2 stop exp. comp because of distance, with Better Beamer Flash Extender, ISO 640.

Wood Duck Family In A Row

This family of young Wood Ducks was crossing the Lake on the far side, close to shore. Mom was in the background to the right of the Great Blue Heron. There was not enough light for stopping down to get everything in focus, so I merged 2 shots. One I focused on the Wood Ducks strung out in a row, then I refocused on Mom and the Great Blue Heron. I blended the 2 images in Photoshop with a soft edge mask for the final image.

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